Lifeline at Floor Zero: Hashish Substitution Undertaking


CANNABIS CULTURE – My identify is Neil Magnuson, I’m the founder and director of the Hashish Substitution Undertaking which is now in its third 12 months of offering free “care packs” of excessive dose Hashish edibles to individuals on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, to offset and change using opioids and avenue medicine which might be killing individuals at an alarming price for the previous few years.

As a “rights activist” my concern is about freedom, with my objective being the popularity by governing our bodies of the “pure rights” of each particular person grownup to be free.

The makes an attempt by governing our bodies to ban or limit entry to Hashish (and different plant and natural  medicines) is the obvious and obvious instance of governments not respecting our pure rights, as Hashish is among the most benign, useful and beneficial crops present in nature.

Our pure rights should not bestowed upon us by others they usually supersede and overrule legal guidelines and restrictions positioned on us by these governing our bodies.

Pure rights enable for the liberty to do or not do as we select as people so long as we don’t hurt others.

In addition they include a pure “duty” to not solely do no hurt however to do what you’ll be able to to forestall hurt being performed by others.

These pure rights have globally and traditionally been violated by governing our bodies in order that it’s clear they’ll by no means be trusted. Residents must be always vigilant to curb the abuses of energy that occur.

The violations of our rights is what drives me as an activist and the try to ban and limit Hashish is my lead problem.

In case you are not free to develop, entry or eat Hashish you might be definitely not “free”

Governing our bodies do have a job to play in regulating the manufacturing and distribution of issues that pose a danger and trigger hurt however these laws must be cheap, proof primarily based and balanced with respect to human rights. In addition they must fall wanting inflicting an unregulated provide to be arrange, particularly for the extra harmful substances. That’s the mandate of the regulators.

In Canada, after a few years of combating the immoral and unjustified prohibition of Hashish, the federal government was pressured to “legalize” and “regulate” Hashish, however that is NOT the legalization we have now been combating for.

As an alternative it’s an try and take over and monopolize the manufacturing and sale of Hashish by authorities associates and insiders whereas wiping out the already vibrant and entrenched trade that has developed to satisfy the big and rising demand.

Prohibition will increase demand and ensures an underground provide.

They’re making an attempt to do that by pressure with elevated penalties and extra wasted tax {dollars} for enforcement.

In some ways that is prohibition 2.0.

The federal government’s plan means solely “licensed producers” can provide authorities accredited shops which might be topic to outrageously strict laws that end in overestimated, grossly over-packaged, low high quality Hashish that’s sprayed with chemical substances or irradiated to kill all microbes (with no justification for this in anyway).

Folks rising and/or promoting Hashish outdoors the system are topic to even harsher penalties than earlier than so known as legalization.

This faux legalization is being harshly rejected by the knowledgeable public and veteran Hashish shoppers.

Worst of all there isn’t a provision within the governments scheme to permit for entry to medicinal Hashish merchandise, particularly excessive dose edibles that are extraordinarily useful for medical wants and for these wanting to exchange using opioids and different avenue medicine.

Which brings me again to the Hashish Substitution Undertaking.

This venture was my response to the opioid overdose disaster as a result of I had discovered how efficient Hashish excessive dose edibles had been for many individuals in changing opioids.  I opened and operated Vancouver’s second Hashish dispensary in 2004 on the Downtown Eastside the place there’s a giant group of individuals hooked on opioids and different avenue medicine.

You possibly can’t smoke an excessive amount of cannabis however you’ll be able to eat an excessive amount of and spend a really uncomfortable day or two. ( fortunately it could’t kill you or end in any long run well being points).

The overwhelming majority of people who find themselves hooked on opioids are utilizing them to battle both bodily or emotional ache. In lots of or most instances these are the abused or traumatized kids (now adults) of our societies who deserve our compassion however as an alternative are stigmatized and used as  scapegoats to justify the prohibition of Hashish and different plant medicines that might compete with “huge pharma”, alcohol and different substances used for revenue by our governments and firms.

Our venture supplies free excessive dose edibles to a big line up of individuals twice every week for nicely over 2 years now with nice success, having misplaced solely 2 individuals of the 160 or so “regulars” to the overdose disaster within the 27 months we have now been working. Hashish has positively saved many lives.

We’re presently giving out roughly 250 care packs of 4-6 edibles and a few joints twice every week.

We don’t obtain any assist or acknowledgment from any degree of governments however fortuitously we additionally haven’t had any interference.

They definitely are conscious of what we’re doing as I’ve knowledgeable all three ranges of presidency since we began and have been asking for assist.

All the venture is run by devoted volunteers and provided by compassionate donators.

What we’re doing is against the law in line with the legal guidelines in Canada however in our opinion legal guidelines are put in place to attempt to shield individuals and forestall hurt however after they fail to try this and are as an alternative harming individuals ( by stopping entry to life saving drugs for instance) then these legal guidelines are of no pressure and impact and should be damaged.

It’s the pure duty of human beings to face towards dangerous legal guidelines which might be harming greater than defending.

We stand by that and I hope you’ll all stand with us.


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